May 22, 2012
It all started a couple of weeks ago as hundreds of hopefuls lined up to show off their singing chops for a chance to become the first ever Paramount Idol. The competition was fierce and the butterflies were overwhelming.
After an intimidating first round audition in front of tough as nails judges, every contestant hoped to walk away with a coveted ticket into the semifinals where the field was then narrowed even further. Out of over 200 contestants, only 10 will make it back for the finale.
The talents in this Charlottesville contest could rival Hollywood with genres from country to rock to Motown and even opera.
Ten of our areas most phenomenal undiscovered talents are warming up to take the stage this Wednesday. They will compete for cash, a professionally recorded demo, and a career consultation with Redlight Management. These folks have guided the careers of Dave Matthews, Miley Cyrus, and Alicia Keys just to name a few.
For many it’s a dream that’s been a long time in the making, and for others it is a dream realized.
“I’ve been singing for as long as I could start talking,” said contestant, Earl Shifflett Jr.
“I’ve been very shy and the wall flower girl. It’s difficult for me to come out so this is definitely taking a big step and will open up so many doors for me,” said contestant, Patience Britwum.
For all of the competitors, it’s a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams a reality.
“I want doors to open so I have to start knocking and this competition gives me that opportunity,” said contestant, Jason Elliott.
Each contestant will be backed by a full band, and evaluated by some of the biggest names in the music business: Redlight Management General Manager Jonathan Azu, nationally renowned singer/songwriter, Andy Waldek, and one of the lead singers of multi-platinum R&B group En Vogue, Maxine Jones.
CBS19’s Tara Wheeler will be hosting the big finale Wednesday evening.
The Paramount Idol contestants have a mutual admiration for one another, but this is a competition with a lot on the line and they are all in it to win it.
For more information on the finale click here.